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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

5,188 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 5,188
Reviews: 1,420
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 628
Gots: 1,525 | FT: 141
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007)
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BuckeyeFaninMI

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-06-2013 01:10:33 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-06-2013 00:35:08 | More by Lambocalrisien
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bushwik

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Decided to get grab a 4 pack of this. The temperatures have dipped down into the teens here in Chicago so I thought it would work well for the season. I typically don't go for this style but I was intrigued after having a nice bourbon aged ale last weekend during the holiday. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of balance in the beer and the lovely hidden alcohol. It definitely blooms while it warms and everything about the beer becomes a bit more pronounced, the smell the taste and the mouthfeel specifically. A nice creamy mouthfeel with notes of brown sugar, molasses, raisin, vanilla and finally a kick of the bourbon on the tail end that is not overly aggressive like some of the bourbon barrel aged ales out there. I'm gonna hang on to two of these and see how they age, thats if I can hold off from drinking them.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 00:35:04 | More by bushwik
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got ahold of a four pack of this after wanting to try it for a couple years.

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Minimal head with the beer being a dark brownish red, almost burgundy color.

S: Mostly bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Very little of the base beer smell makes it through, but that's OK with me.

T: Very impressive combination of sweet bourbon, wood, and heavy malt. The bourbon dominates here.

M: Medium bodied in the mouth with just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue a bit.

O: Very impressed with this brew. The barrel aging does wonders for the beer as I don't really care for Dirty Bastard, but this is great! Can't wait to see how my other three bottles change over the course of the next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 19:43:44 | More by Mattyb79
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Elprico

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-05-2013 15:46:42 | More by Elprico
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csfcmitchell

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2013 14:30:31 | More by csfcmitchell
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ipc2000

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-05-2013 06:38:16 | More by ipc2000
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Ultra-Plinian

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2013 04:47:15 | More by Ultra-Plinian
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tpaetow

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-05-2013 03:53:57 | More by tpaetow
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JRdaSconnie

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-05-2013 02:02:33 | More by JRdaSconnie
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BRClemons

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2013 00:30:08 | More by BRClemons
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earljones199

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-04-2013 23:08:07 | More by earljones199
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dogglebe

New York

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorites beers are Scottish ales, and wee heavies are my favorite Scottish ales. I enjoyed this one a great deal.

This beer was a clear dark brown is a light beige head of small tight bubbles. The head didn't last that long, which is ordinary for a beer this strong.

The blend of malts with the oak and the bourbon was very nicely balanced, and I'm not a bourbon person. Crystal malt was there in big quantity. And just a hint of smoke.

If I had a complaint about this beer, it would be that it should be slightly more carbonated. Let the aroma fill the room.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 21:29:25 | More by dogglebe
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brian44556

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into Founder's snifter. Bottled 10/2/2013.

Pours an almost opaque black with a thin chocolate head. A steady ring of lace lines the outside of the glass and leaves its sticky presence with each sip. Strong bourbon, vanilla, oak, and slight hints of chocolate highlight the aromas. The taste is right in line with the smell. My palate is met with a mild, upfront bourbon flavor, then catches a hint of vanilla and oak in the middle that finishes with a nice boozy burn. Light carbonation with a warm mouthful from the bourbon makes this a very well-balanced beer. A great, complex, barrel-aged offering from Founder's. The accessibility, cost, and overall complexity make this one of my favorites from Founder's. This ranks up there with KBS minus all of the hype!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 05:00:16 | More by brian44556
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-04-2013 04:47:58 | More by DemoniChris
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep brown with a hints of red and a thin white head.

S - Lots of vanilla, caramel, oak, and bourbon.

T - Just like the smell. Nice mix of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Slighty boozy finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with little to no carbonation. Very easy drinking for the ABV.

O - An awesome beer. This is such a well balanced beer with the flavors blending seemlessly. I will have to save a few of these for the colder months.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 03:28:24 | More by TreyIsWilson
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WMD-1002

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-04-2013 03:06:47 | More by WMD-1002
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BittEER

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-04-2013 02:51:35 | More by BittEER
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ha-sheem

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-04-2013 02:44:01 | More by ha-sheem
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jryanj927

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-04-2013 01:50:35 | More by jryanj927
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imbuckeye

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-04-2013 00:56:12 | More by imbuckeye
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Donco

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-03-2013 23:16:37 | More by Donco
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MPSTARR

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-03-2013 22:12:39 | More by MPSTARR
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tazzman

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-03-2013 22:12:21 | More by tazzman
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VinsanityDiesel

Florida

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-03-2013 22:10:26 | More by VinsanityDiesel
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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